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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: Clason awarded for volunteer work for WCSC

June 20, 2013

Rose Clason, Whitko Community School Corporation’s Friend of Education Award recipient, works in the numerous flower beds across the district. Pictured is Clason in South Whitley Elementary School’s courtyard. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

SOUTH WHITLEY — Rose Clason has always been content to let her husband Steve, Whitko Community School Corporation’s superintendent, take the limelight.

However, when Rose, 59, was nominated for the district’s Friend of Education Award, she was forced into the spotlight.

“I let Steve be the one that’s out there. I just sit back, help him where I can and help the schools out when I can,” Rose said. “I just try to be the hands and feet of Jesus. If what I do makes a difference in someone’s day, then it’s worth it.”

This time of year, a visit to one of Whitko’s schools might uncover Rose in the middle of numerous flower beds at the four different campuses.

In the award nomination letter, those who chose to recognize Rose touted her efforts in beautifying the schools’ entrances. What the district sees as a selfless service, Rose views as an important job — although she is strictly a volunteer.

“When people come to the schools, it’s important for the campus to make a good impression,” Rose said. “I take care of the flower beds, water the plants, and pull weeds. It may not be teaching a class, but to someone it is important. It makes the kids proud of their school and gives the community pride in the way the school looks. First impressions are important.”

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